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Old 04-30-2019, 02:20 AM
Location: Eugene, Oregon
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This situation is similar to having a medical appointment. If you show up early, there might be a cancellation and you can be seen early. If the interviewer is running behind schedule and you have to wait, at least it will be known that you got there on time or earlier.
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Old 04-30-2019, 06:39 AM
Location: Ft. Myers
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Originally Posted by Suburban_Guy View Post
Years ago I read that the best time to arrive was around five minutes or so right before the interview, so I did that on interviews.

Guess I'll arrive a little earlier.


It is really a double edged sword. Yes, you want to be there early enough to be on time, but also you do not want to get there TOO early, as the interviewer probably has people scheduled right before you, and it would possibly rush them a little.

When we get people at the place I work at, who are interviewing, and they show up early, the interviewer will tell them to just sit and wait until they get to them. Being too early puts a time crunch on the interviewer, and may actually hurt the person being interviewed as it might look like they are TOO anxious.

Like I said, double edged sword. I think 5-10 minutes early is about right.
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Old 04-30-2019, 07:30 AM
Location: New Jersey
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I was late to an interview and was still hired.
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